MATHCOUNTS Competition Series
Sprint Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have 40 minutes to complete 30 math problems without a calculator.
Target Round: focuses on problem-solving and mathematical reasoning. Students receive 4 pairs of problems and have 6 minutes to complete each pair, assuming the use of a calculator.
Team Round: focuses on problem-solving and collaboration. Students have 20 minutes to complete 10 math problems, assuming the use of a calculator. Only the 4 students on a school's team can take this round officially. National level only for 2020-2021. The online practice competitions will have team rounds.
Countdown Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have a maximum of 45 seconds per problem without a calculator. This round is optional at the school, chapter and state level. National level only for 2020-2021.
Schools register in the fall and work with students during the year. Students have the opportunity to take 4 online practice competitions beginning in October. Any number of students from a school can participate in team meetings. Practice competitions will be released October 15, November 15, December 15 and January 22. MATHCOUNTS strongly recommends schools participate in these practice competitions. It is important your students know how to use the competition platform before competition day.
Any student whose school is not participating in the program can register as a non-school competitor (NSC). MATHCOUNTS encourages students to pursue all avenues to participate through their school before registering as NSCs.
Between 1 and 15 individuals from each school participate in the 2021 Chapter Competition, which will be available online February 5 at 1:00pm ET through February 6 at 1:00pm ET. Coaches determine which students will participate in the Chapter Competition. The competition will be conducted through the Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) Contest Platform, and each student will compete solely as an individual; there will be no team competition.
Like school competitors, NSCs will take the Chapter Competition online through the AoPS Contest Platform February 5-6 and compete as individuals.
The top scoring student from each school and the top 20% of individuals from each chapter advance to the 2021 Chapter Invitational Competition, taking place online February 25 at 7:00pm ET. Every competitor advancing to this level will be required to take the competition on the AoPS Contest Platform at the same time. Each student will compete solely as an individual; there will be no team competition.
NSCs can only advance to the Chapter Invitational by scoring in the top 20% of their chapter. Like school competitors, NSCs must take the 2021 Chapter Invitational on February 25 at 7:00pm ET on the AoPS Contest Platform.
The top 5 students from each chapter and the 10 next highest scoring students in the state (based on their scores on the Sprint and Target Rounds) advance to the 2021 State Competition, taking place online March 25 at 7:00pm ET. (Additional state level advancement details will be announced prior to the Chapter Invitational.) Every competitor advancing to this level will be required to take the competition on the AoPS Contest Platform at the same time. Each student will compete solely as an individual; there will be no team competition.
Advancement to the State Competition will be the same for both school competitors and NSCs. NSCs must take the 2021 State Competition on March 25 at 7:00pm ET on the AoPS Contest Platform.
The top individuals from each state receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2021 Raytheon Technologies MATHCOUNTS National Competition, which takes place May 8-11 in Washington, DC. Up to 224 students will be invited to compete for individual and team awards. As of August 2020, this is planned as an in-person event, but subject to change, if necessary.
Advancement to the national competition will be the same for both school competitors and NSCs. An NSC's state will be determined by school location.